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Jaunvilki Waterfall (Jaunvilku ūdenskritums)

Right part of Jaunvilki Waterfall, August 2007
Right part of Jaunvilki Waterfall, August 2007. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

WorldBlue  In short

This waterfall is a kind of unexpected find in the plains near the sea in Northern Kurzeme. Jaunvilki Waterfall is a 0.6 m high waterfall that is divided by an island into two parts.

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GPS coordinates
57.5693 N 22.6055 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Talsi municipality, Roja parish, on Pilsupe River some 3 km from the sea
Alternate names
Pilsupe Waterfall (Pilsupes ūdenskritums)
Name in Latvian
Jaunvilku ūdenskritums, Pilsupes ūdenskritums
Around 0.6 m
Two parts – some 4.8 m and 4 m wide

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The seaside plains of Northern Kurzeme near Pūrciems village offer an unexpected surprise – a true waterfall!

Jaunvilki Waterfall, May 2000
Jaunvilki Waterfall, May 2000. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

This waterfall, named after the nearby farmstead (not existent anymore), Jaunvilki Waterfall (also Pilsupe Waterfall) has formed on Pilsupe – a small river. As it meanders through the agricultural fields and forests, approaching Riga Bay, the stream suddenly jumps across its bedrock, forming a picturesque waterfall.

Waterfall has formed on Devonian sandstone that is cemented (naturally) by lime. Jaunvilki Waterfall is divided by a small island into two parts. The right part is richer with water, up to 4.8 m wide. Water flows there throughout the year. The left part is some 4 m wide and during the summer it is dry.

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